Dining Out

April 11, 2017

Outside, out of the house, on the patio, in the yard…any which way but indoors. Two great modern classics from Knoll’s iconic 1966 Group of outdoor furniture by Charles Schultz, ready to be set for dinner. I’m torn between the 60″x 60″ square and the 90″ x 38″ rectangle. Both will easily accomodate 8, the later even up to 10 guests. The original white finish is now joined by a striking black, either being a great place to start, especially when taking advantage of the Knoll Outdoor Furniture Sale which starts on April 13th.

 

Photos: https://www.knoll.com/product/1966-dining-table-60×60

 

 

 

Hues that evoke the natural essence of the Northern California coast. The Summer Seasonal collection from Heath Ceramics is available now… for a limited time.

 

 

Some favorites, top to bottom:

The bud vase set…keep one, gift the other two.

The wax resist glaze on this single stem vase must have been inspired by April showers.

A pair of tall tumblers in Rosemary. Perfect for that cup of Tumeric Ginger tea or a handful of May flowers.

The deep serving bowl in Sequoia…to float a single peony or load up with guacamole.

Mini containers with white oak lids to keep your salt and ground pepper handy and covered.

 

Photo: http://www.heathceramics.com/summer-seasonal

 

 

 

Easter Bake

April 2, 2017

Even with a short list of ingredients baking bread can be a tricky undertaking. This recipe for Milanese Raisin Bread might be the exception. The addition of the raisin soaking liquid to the 50/50 ratio of flour to fruit gives this rich rustic loaf it’s distinct sweet flavor and deep brown crust. My test loaf actually cut and tasted better after a couple of days, so you’ll be fine baking it off ahead of time if you decide to add it to an Easter menu. The thought of pairing this with a sliver a baked ham and a touch of grainy mustard has me thinking…you might want to make two.

 

Photos:gp

Final photo, https://food52.com/recipes/66796-pantramvai-milanese-raisin-bread

 

 

 

 

Pick One…Any One

March 30, 2017

Easter and Passover are just around the corner and nothing makes a simplequietmodern statement  than a classic glass cylinder vase filled with flowering branches. From your own yard, a friends garden or a trip to the market, this exercise is simple…pick a single type, fill your vase with water, grab your secateurs and give each branch a fresh clean cut. Done.

 

Top to bottom:

Pussy Willow,Forsythia,Yellow Twig Dogwood,Lichen Covered Branches,Quince,Tulip Magnolia

all photos: http://www.shopterrain.com/fresh-faux-flowers/?cm_sp=Homepage-_-week032717-_-Branches

 

 

 

 

Modern Milestone

March 25, 2017

What a fitting tribute. In celebration of Florence Knoll’s 100th Year, Knoll  has reissued several classic pieces by one of my favorite icons of mid-century furniture design. The simplicity of her designs had me hooked from the start. I’ve collected so many vintage Florence Knoll pieces that friends would joke that I owned more Florence Knoll than Florence herself. One piece that eluded me was this small table originally released in 1948. A simple round top on steel hairpin legs… a design that set into motion a wave of knockoffs that continues to this day…The Hairpin Stacking Table.

 

Photos: Knoll

https://www.knoll.com/product/florence-knoll-hairpin-stacking-table

 

Finally,

March 22, 2017

Spring.

Photos: gp

 

 

 

Sorry…

March 5, 2017

I just drifted off. It’s March. It’s cold. And, a bunch of Daffodils can only do so much. Close your eyes and picture this. A tiny poured concrete casita in the Mexican desert. One bedroom, one bed, one bath, an indoor/outdoor kitchen, a pool and a private beach. Perfect.

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photos via  https://www.gardenista.com/posts/one-bedroom-desert-view-tiny-casita-mexico-swimming-pool-included/